professionals who teach or guide divers for money in the UK will usually
fall under the Diving
at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR97).
The regulations apply when at least one diver taking part is at work or is part
of an undertaking. There is an accompanying Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for
recreational diving projects which provides advice and guidance on meeting the
legal requirements of the DWR97 and it is recommended that all diving contractors
obtain a copy of this ACoP. The ACoP is regarded as best practice by HSE and diving
projects may be measured against the ACoP in the event of an investigation by
HSE or other enforcing authority.
Risk Assessment must be prepared before undertaking a diving project. Each risk
assessment should be site specific, as different dive sites will have differing
conditions, requirements and hazards that the dive team should be aware of and
be prepared for.
Scuba Industry Trade Association (SITA) has sponsored the production
Assessment Guidance booklet and it is available for download here.
Diving Projects General Guidance for Dive Professionals can be downloaded
Approved Code of Practice can be obtained from HSE
books - ISBN 0 7176 1496 4.
info for dive professionals can be found at
HERE for information from the HSE for recreational divers who are paying for
a dive guide or instructor.
service providers should be familiar with the relevant ISO standards that
cover the services they provide. ISO standards exist as follows:
Introductory training programmes to scuba diving
Diver Level 1 - Supervised Diver
Diver Level 2 - Autonomous Diver
Diver Level 3 - Dive Leader
Training programmes on enriched air nitrox diving
|Instructor Level 1
|Instructor Level 2
Recreational scuba diving service providers
of these standards can be obtained from:
Chiswick High Road,
London W4 4AL
020 8996 9000
is an independent body that certifies training systems' compliance with these
European Standards. For details see http://www.euf-certification.org/.
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